Aggressive driving on the roadways can cause serious accidents involving catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as any behavior by a driver that places themselves, other drivers, and property at risk for injury or damage. Accidents involving aggressive driving can result in serious injuries to the victims involved. If you have suffered injuries or losses resulting from someone’s aggressive driving, you may have medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Consider how a Sarasota aggressive driving accident attorney can help you understand your next legal steps available to you, and call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-959-1444 for a free consultation.
Aggressive Driving and Personal Injury Claims
Traffic during rush hour and people making poor decisions while driving can lead to frustration and anger on the road. However, no amount of anger or frustration ever gives a driver the right to act aggressively.
If a driver becomes aggressive or reckless, they can endanger their own life and the lives of others on the road. If you have suffered injuries as a result of aggressive driving, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
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Examples of Aggressive Driving
While there are many different examples of aggressive driving, some examples that drivers have with reckless and aggressive drivers include the following:
- Chasing a vehicle
- Tailgating too close to the car in front of them
- Recklessly or carelessly changing lanes or passing vehicles
- Failing to yield to other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians
- Threatening other motorists or persons verbally or through the brandishing of weapons
- Making obscene hand gestures
- Honking a horn excessively
- Braking or accelerating abruptly
- Trying to intentionally cut off other motorists in traffic
- Blocking traffic intentionally
- Hitting another vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, or pedestrian purposefully
- Running a motorist, bicycle, motorcycle, or pedestrian off the road intentionally
- Stopping and getting out of the vehicle in an attempt to have a physical altercation with someone
While these are not the only instances of aggressive driving, they highlight how aggressive behaviors on the roadways can cause serious accidents and injuries.
If you are unsure if your accident was the result of aggressive driving, consider contacting Ben Crump Law, PLLC. We can review your case for free. If you qualify, a Sarasota aggressive driving accident attorney can help you pursue compensation as a victim of someone else’s negligence and recklessness.
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Insurance Companies and Aggressive Driving Accidents
In some cases, the first step for a victim of an aggressive driving accident is to get in touch with the insurance company of the negligent party. You may have the right to accept compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering from an insurance company. However, the following section may help you understand how negotiations with insurance companies can prove legally challenging and complex.
Insurance Company Tactics
Before you contact an insurance company, you should understand that insurance adjusters may attempt to use manipulative tactics in order to pay victims as little as possible following an aggressive driving accident. Some of the types of tactics that insurance companies use include the following:
- Recording conversations with victims in an attempt to use a small portion of what they say against them at a later time
- Use phrasing that can lead a victim to say something that will invalidate or minimize their claim, such as asking how a person is doing this afternoon
- Attempting to visit a victim while they are still in the hospital or under heavy sedation or pain medications
- Attempting to evoke a confession or some type of admission of guilt or negligence related to the car accident
- Attempting to obtain a full medical history to find some preexisting condition that would offer an explanation for present injuries instead of the car accident
- Offering a low settlement offer hoping that the victim will take it due to outstanding medical bills and lost wages
- Stalling and delaying the entire settlement process
- Sending a check to the victim with a verbal indication that this is only part of a settlement offer and more compensation will follow later; however, cashing the check will settle the matter completely
Before you make the decision to settle with an insurance company regarding an aggressive driving accident, consider hiring a Sarasota aggressive driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC to help you understand your legal rights.
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Filing a Lawsuit for an Aggressive Driving Accident
If an insurance company fails to provide a fair settlement following an aggressive driving accident, a victim has the legal right to pursue a claim in a court of law. Under Florida Statute § 95.11, a victim of an aggressive driving accident has four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injuries related to their car accident. This deadline, called a statute of limitations, is important for filing aggressive driving lawsuits.
If a victim fails to file a claim in court to receive compensation for their injuries and losses before the statute of limitations runs out, they may lose the right to receive compensation for their injuries and losses.
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Learn How a Sarasota Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you have suffered injuries or losses related to an aggressive driving accident on the roadways, you have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. It is possible that insurance companies will have teams of people working to ensure they pay the lowest settlement amount possible to a victim of a car accident.
A Sarasota aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you avoid this situation and work to compensate you for losses. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-959-1444 to help you protect your legal rights and file an aggressive driving accident lawsuit.
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